Africa is known for being home to the big five animals namely: the African Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino and Elephant. It is also home to some unique animals which can’t be found in another continent. These are the top 7 unique animals that are only found in Africa.
You must be familiar with this animal. Yes, you do. Remember Timon from the Lion King? He was a meerkat. These small animals belong to the mongoose family and live in all parts of the Kalahari Desert (Botswana) and in much of the Namib Desert (Namibia). They have an average life span of 12-14 years.
Another animal that is also portrayed in the Lion King movie, Rafiki. It is a primate of the Old World Monkey family. Mandrills are found in southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. They are the largest monkeys in the world and are classified as vulnerable (increased likelihood of being extinct).
5. African Golden Cat
This wild cat is endemic to the rainforests of West and Central Africa. It is about twice the size of a domestic cat. It is, however, threatened due to deforestation and bushmeat hunting. As a result, the International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN) has listed it as vulnerable.
This is my first time actually hearing of this animal. It is also known as the forest giraffe, Congolese giraffe or zebra giraffe. Okapis are native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although the okapi has striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. Unfortunately, the IUCN has listed it as endangered due to major threats such as habitat loss and bushmeat hunting.
3. Gaboon viper
This animal is dangerous. The word dangerous itself is an understatement. It is a viper species found in the rainforests and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. Gaboon viper’s fangs are up to two inches in length, the longest fangs in any snake, and it has the highest venom yield of any snake.
The good thing is that they are less likely to strike once provoked, but it strikes fast so it’s better off that you give it its space.
Also Read: Top 10 Largest Wild Animals in Africa
This wild cat is native to Africa especially in sub-Saharan countries except for rainforest regions. Prominent characteristics include the small head, large ears, spotted and striped coat, long legs and a black-tipped tail that is around 30 cm.
These creatures, also known as bush babies, are small nocturnal primates native to continental Africa. They are fast, agile creatures which are mainly found at night.